Yesterday we continued on the Presumpscot, putting in just below the Great Falls Dam at North Gorham Pond, portaging at Dundee Dam, and pulling out at Shaw Park in Gorham. This section of the river was clear and the fish were jumping especially from below Dundee Dam to the Covered Bridge in Windham. It was a sunny and hot day, which drew swimmers at various rope swings, swimming holes, and small beaches along the way. We saw a variety of wildlife including kingfishers, sandpipers, turtles, geese, and ducks.
Did you know that at different points in history, the Presumpscot has been dubbed the most controlled river in the country? I am delving into historical research about the river’s many mills and dams. The Dundee Dam, pictured below, is the largest on the river.
Yesterday, Kyle and I paddled from the Sebago Lake Basin through the North Gorham Pond, portaging at the Eel Weir Dam and Great Falls Dam. It was a warm but hazy day, and we stopped to take pictures, have lunch, and explore the area. We took the Eel Weir Canal from the Basin, because where the river begins is too shallow and rocky to canoe. Our trip lasted about four hours and it was a little tricky figuring out where to put in after the portages, as we have never done this section of the river before. It was a challenging but rewarding start!
I am excited to share that for my final graduate multimedia project (thesis) I am exploring the Presumpscot River in southern Maine. I grew up within the Presumpscot’s watershed–the river is about a five minute drive from my parents’ home in Gorham and the Little River, a tributary, runs through our backyard. I will be posting updates as I canoe the river, learn about its history, and make connections to the greater ecosystems of which it is part!